In its December 2017 report entitled “Performance Climat, où en sont les entreprises du CAC 40 ?” (“How are CAC 40 companies doing in terms of Climate Performance?”), the firm EcoAct analyzes the climate performance and environmental best practices of major French CAC 40 companies worldwide. Veolia comes third in the rankings. It earned this high position especially thanks to the “plastics” solution deployed in Germany, where the Group converts a billion plastic bottles per year into pellets to manufacture new bottles, saving 31,000 metric tons of petroleum.
On December 12, 2017, the President of the French Republic, the President of the World Bank and the UN Secretary-General organized the One Planet Summit in Paris. Antoine Frérot, Veolia’s CEO, took part in the event, highlighting the importance of companies’ involvement alongside the public authorities and civil society to win the climate change battle. On the eve of the Summit, 89 French companies including Veolia had signed the French Business Climate Pledge, affirming the need for a collective change of direction to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.